Leica M5 Rangefinder Camera Detailed Instructions
35 page instruction manual for the Leica M5 rangefinder camera, including LEICA M5 parts identification, How to hold the LEICA, The bright-line range-viewfinder, The field-of-view preselector, The built-in exposure meter, Battery, and Battery test, Using filters, Close-up pictures, The rangefinder, Transport lever, Release button, Shutter speed selector, The depth-of-field scale, The distance and aperture scales, Lens changing, Self-timer, Flash synchronization, Flash table, Film loading, Film removal, Protecting your LEICA, and its lenses 26, The LEICA system, Interchangeable LEICA lenses, VISOFLEX, Bellows and close-focusing devices, Extreme tele-lenses, Cases, LEICA Information, Service, LEITZ Warranty, After-sales Service, Magazine “LEICA FOTOGRAFIE.”
Your new LEICA® M5
is the first rangefinder camera in the world with through-the-lens light metering. This means not only the most accurate lens focusing possible, but precisely selective exposure readings under any lighting conditions, night or day.
We recommend that you begin practicing without film in the camera, working all of the controls to get the feel of the camera. Should you have some initial difficulty in seeing the exposure meter readout bar underneath the viewfinder, two tips: First, make sure that your eye is so centered that you can easily and sharply see the shutter speed imaged in the viewfinder, and practice glancing downward to read the meter. Second, if there isn't enough subject background contrast to make the needle and setting curve clearly visible, simply place your finger temporarily in front of the main viewfinder Window. This will make the meter elements spring into focus.
You will find the LEICA M5 a fast handling camera in the LEICA tradition, with the added advantage of a highly sensitive CdS through-the-lens light meter. Please invest a small amount of time in reading through this short manual, with your new LEICA M5 in hand. And good luck!
ERNST LEITZ GMBH D 6330 WETZLAR
Looking after your LEICA and its lenses
LEICA lenses act like burning glasses if they face upwards in full sunlight for long periods. You must therefore protect the housing and the shutter by putting on the lens cap or keeping the camera in a case, or in the shade.
The front ring of each lens has, in addition to its type, its “personal” serial number. You should make a note of this number, as well as of the serial number engraved on the top of the LEICA. These can be very helpful indeed in case of loss or theft.
A brownish-purple sheen characterizes modern “coated” LEICA lenses. These surface films, which reduce reflection, increase the brightness and brilliance of the image. The external anti-reflection coatings are wiperesistant.
Dust should be removed with a soft brush, a piece of cotton cloth (e.g. a handkerchief) washed several times, or lens tissue. Treated cloths, such as are used for cleaning spectacles, are not recommended, as they are chemically impregnated and may attack lens surfaces. (Glass used for spectacles has a composition different from that of optical glass for high-quality lenses.) Remember that it is better to keep your lens clean, than to keep cleaning your lens!
A colourless UVa filter can be left permanently on the lens, to protect the front element from external influences, e.g. of sand or sea water spray on the beach. The lens hood, too, protects the lens from accidental finger marks and raindrops. Protect your precious lenses with the appropriate lens caps. Added protection is afforded by the ever-ready case, No. 14541.
Besides the lenses of 35, 50, 90, and 135mm focal lengths the LEICA owner has a whole range of further interchangeable lenses of shorter and longer focal lengths at his command. When using older lenses, see information sheet No. 120–47. The optical units of the 90 and 135mm lenses (except the 90mm TELEELMARIT® and the collapsible 90mm ELMAR®) can be unscrewed and used for groundglass screen focusing with the VISOFLEX II/III and on the Focusing Bellows II. LEICA lenses see list 110–74.
ERNTZ LEITZ GMBH WETZLAR GERMANY
Subsidiary: Erntz Leitz (Canada) Ltd., Midland, Ontario
List [110-88/Engl.] Printed in Germany IX/71/CX/B